Wednesday 04 AUG 2004

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Wintry blast hits NSW, VIC high country
Flooding eases around Adelaide
Bushfires flare in SE QLD

A procession of troughs traverse SE Australia in this wintry chart for 10am today. The front that crossed the NSW coast yesterday morning has nearly arrived in New Zealand as its parent low moves slowly SE. The main influence on today's weather was the trough seen lying through Sydney. A second trough, approaching Adelaide on this chart, was to give the city renewed heavy showers and went on to produce light snow on the NSW Northern Tablelands early on Thursday morning.BoM

Wintry blast hits NSW, VIC high country

A strong, moist westerly stream covered NSW and VIC today giving heavy snowfalls to alpine areas and widespread snow showers along the NSW ranges. A surface trough crossed NSW during the morning supported by good upper level moisture, colder air and instability. While light snow showers persisted on high, west-facing slopes throughout the day, the trough brought more intense showers and lowered the freezing level, giving snow as low 800m and settling above 1000m.

In the NSW Central Tablelands, heavy snow fell around dawn and for several hours, isolating Oberon and creating hazardous driving conditions on roads around Orange, Bathurst and Lithgow. All roads out of Oberon were closed by police at 7.15am. The road east to Sydney reopened at 9.15am, northwest to Bathurst at 11.35am and south as far as Edith at 12.45pm, but roads farther south, where the country rises above 1200m, remained closed for the rest of the day. Police reported heavy snow on main highways between Lithgow and Bathurst, Bathurst and Blayney, Bathurst and Orange, and Lithgow and Mudgee, but did not close the roads. Apart from some trucks stuck on hills unable to get traction, no traffic problems were reported. Estimates of maximum snow depths included 5cm in Oberon, 2cm in Taralga, and around 5 to 10cm with drifts to 20cm in the high country in between.

While the trough intensified snowfalls and lowered snow levels, light to moderate showers of snow, sleet and hail were experienced across higher parts of the NSW Central Tablelands throughout the day. The road up Mt Canobolas near Orange was closed after accumulated snow made driving treacherous, though Orange itself experienced mostly sleet with just 1cm briefly on the ground. Several heavy snow showers early morning, mid morning and mid afternoon briefly put a white coat on the upper Blue Mountains. Farther south, the snowline on the mountains west of Canberra descended to about 800m.

The trough dumped around 8cm of snow on the ground in the high country about 50km SE of Tamworth between 9 and 10am, causing the Niangala school to abandon classes for the day to allow children to get home before roads closed. Deeper snow was reported on higher country, and road closures included the Hanging Rock Rd above Sheba Dams, Forest Way, Barry Rd, Hams Corner and Duncans Creek. A man was injured in a car accident due to snow on Thunderbolts Way near Nowendoc.

Snowy Mountains and VIC Alpine ski resorts revelled in conditions described as being "as good as it gets". Snow depth at Kosciuszko Chalet increased from 198cm on Monday morning to 230cm this morning. Thredbo reported 50cm and Perisher Blue 45cm of fresh powder snow in 24 hours to this morning. In VIC, the Victorian Snow Reporting Service said that an average of 44cm had fallen across the resorts since Monday, bringing snow depths to 196cm at Mt Hotham (22cm overnight), 182cm at Mt Buller (20cm overnight) and 143cm at Falls Creek.

Flooding eases around Adelaide

Heavy rain in Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills eased overnight, but a small but vigorous front that crossed the city mid afternoon brought a brief resumption of heavy showers accompanied by thunder and hail. Flood levels in the city's three main river systems, the Torrens, Onkaparinga and Gawler Rivers, began to fall, but a man had to be rescued from the roof of his car in the Para River north of the city today. Two hundred emergency workers have attended 300 callouts during the worst of the flooding yesterday and during the cleanup today. Top 24 hour falls to 9am are given below and were topped by 63.4 at Piccadilly, 14km ESE of the CBD.

Bushfires flare in SE QLD

Bushfires threatened property and caused minor damage to the north and west of Brisbane today. The most serious, at Hatton Vale, 30km W of Ipswich, started about 3pm and was driven east by fresh, gusty winds on a front several kilometres long. Seven houses were threatened and a shed and car destroyed. On the Sunshine Coast, a fire that began yesterday reignited today, causing the evacuation of a school and acquatic centre near Sunrise Beach. Another fire was burning at Kenilworth, and both were believed to be the work of arsonists.

National weather extremes for today

Data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology

Records set this day: (none known)

Quality control note: Data is complete, and has been visually checked by AWN for gross errors. Less obvious errors may remain.
Data is as received at 00:57EST, 28/10/2004.

Weather observations for today
Noteworthy  Weather         Capital  Cities         Regional  Cities       Alpine  Stations
Bureau of Meteorology Rainfall Bulletins and Weather Notes

Hottest
Highest maximum temperature>Greatest variation above normal maximum Highest minimum temperatureGreatest variation above normal minimum

35.5 KIDMAN SPRINGS N Rivers NT
34.5 MANGO FARM N Rivers NT
34.4 DOUGLAS RIVER N Rivers NT
34.2 BULMAN AWS N Rivers NT
34.1 KATHERINE AVIATION MUSEUM N Rivers NT

+4.6   29.4 WALKAMIN DPI N Coast--Barron QLD
+4.1   29.4 BOWEN AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
+3.8   29.4 PROSERPINE AIRPORT Central Coast E QLD
+3.4   29.4 TOWNSVILLE AERO N Coast--Herbert QLD
+3.0   29.2 AYR DPI RESEARCH STN Central Coast E QLD
+3.0   26.2 MACKAY AERO Central Coast E QLD
+3.0   27.5 TE KOWAI EXP STN Central Coast E QLD
+3.0   28.0 ST LAWRENCE POST OFFICE Central Coast E QLD

26.0 NORTHERN ENDEAVOUR Islands ISL
25.0 COCOS ISLAND AIRPORT Islands ISL
23.0 TROUGHTON ISLAND N Kimberley WA
22.7 CHRISTMAS ISLAND AERO Islands ISL
22.0 HOLMES REEF Islands ISL
22.0 FLINDERS REEF Islands ISL

+5.1   20.6 KALUMBURU MISSION N Kimberley WA
+4.9   8.8 CAMDEN AIRPORT AWS Illawarra NSW
+4.8   12.7 ARCHERFIELD AIRPORT Brisbane/SE Coast QLD
+4.4   17.7 MCARTHUR RIVER MINE N Rivers NT
+4.2   15.2 MORANBAH WATER TREATMENT PLANT Central Coast W QLD

Coldest
Lowest maximum temperatureGreatest variation below normal maximum Lowest minimum temperatureGreatest variation below normal minimum

-3.2 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-2.7 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-1.7 MOUNT GININI Goulburn/Monaro NSW
-1.5 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-1.4 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC

-6.6   4.4 KATOOMBA (NARROW NECK RD) C Tablelands S NSW
-6.2   4.4 ORANGE AIRPORT COMPARISON C Tablelands S NSW
-6.1   4.7 ORANGE AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE C Tablelands S NSW
-6.0   8.2 GLEN INNES POST OFFICE N Tablelands W NSW
-6.0   6.0 GUYRA HOSPITAL N Tablelands W NSW

-8.0 CHARLOTTE PASS (KOSCIUSKO CHALET) Snowy Mtns NSW
-5.6 THREDBO AWS Snowy Mtns NSW
-5.0 PERISHER VALLEY SKI CENTRE Snowy Mtns NSW
-4.9 MT HOTHAM Upper NE VIC
-4.3 FALLS CREEK Upper NE VIC

-8.9   -0.5 WATARRKA N Plateau NT
-8.4   0.4 WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY Illawarra NSW
-7.5   -0.4 WARBURTON AIRFIELD Interior WA
-7.1   1.6 GILES METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE Interior WA
-6.4   10.2 DERBY AERO W Kimberley WA

Wettest Major City Extremes
Todays highest rainfall totals for the 24 hours to 9am. It includes the top 5 totals nationally followed by all reported falls of 50mm or more.

63.4 PICCADILLY (WOODHOUSE) Adelaide/Lofty SA
62.6 ASHTON MARBLE HILL ORCHARD Adelaide/Lofty SA
59.0 URAIDLA Adelaide/Lofty SA
55.6 PICCADILLY (MOUNT LOFTY BOTANIC GARDEN) Adelaide/Lofty SA
54.8 LENSWOOD RESEARCH CENTRE Adelaide/Lofty SA

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Adelaide/Lofty
63.4 PICCADILLY (WOODHOUSE)
62.6 ASHTON MARBLE HILL ORCHARD
59.0 URAIDLA
55.6 PICCADILLY (MOUNT LOFTY BOTANIC GARDEN)
54.8 LENSWOOD RESEARCH CENTRE
52.0 MOUNT LOFTY CHANNEL 9
50.4 ASHTON CO-OP

  Max+/- norm Min+/- normRain to 9am
BROOME AIRPORT 27.6 -2.7 11.4 -3.6 0.0
ALBANY AIRPORT 16.7 +0.7 10.3 +2.9 3.6
PERTH AIRPORT 19.3 +0.9 7.7 -0.3 0.8
KALGOORLIE-BOULDER AIRPORT 17.3 -1.1 2.4 -3.1 0.0
DARWIN AIRPORT 30.3 -1.0 20.0 -0.5 0.0
ALICE SPRINGS AIRPORT 19.2 -3.3 1.8 -4.2 0.0
ADELAIDE (KENT TOWN) 13.4 -3.1 8.7 +0.5 27.0
MOUNT GAMBIER AERO 13.5 -0.5 3.4 -2.0 2.4
CAIRNS AERO 26.3 -0.2 16.3 -1.1 0.0
TOWNSVILLE AERO 29.4 +3.4 15.1 +0.4 0.0
ROCKHAMPTON AERO 25.4 +0.7 14.1 +3.5 0.0
AMBERLEY AMO 21.9 -0.6 8.6 +2.2 0.0
BRISBANE AERO 22.2 9.4 0.0
ARMIDALE AIRPORT AWS 9.2 1.9 1.6
COFFS HARBOUR MO 21.8 +2.1 4.4 -3.8 0.0
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS 15.8 -2.2 11.3 +2.1 0.0
SYDNEY (OBSERVATORY HILL) 16.4 -1.3 10.5 +1.6 0.0
PROSPECT DAM 15.9 -2.6 8.2 +1.4 0.0
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 15.9 -2.3 0.4 -8.4 0.0
CANBERRA AIRPORT 9.9 -3.0 3.4 +2.5 2.0
WAGGA WAGGA AMO 10.3 -4.1 5.5 +1.9 7.0
MILDURA AIRPORT 14.1 -3.0 6.5 +1.2 0.8
EAST SALE AIRPORT 14.1 -0.9 1.0 -3.1 0.8
MELBOURNE REGIONAL OFFICE 14.5 -0.4 6.8 +0.2 5.8
LAVERTON RAAF 13.8 -1.0 3.3 -2.1 3.6
BALLARAT AERODROME 10.2 -1.2 3.4 -0.3 5.0
LAUNCESTON AIRPORT 13.1 +1.1 0.5 -2.5 0.4
HOBART (ELLERSLIE ROAD) 11.2 -1.8 2.8 -2.4 1.4

Downpours Gales & Gusts
High rainfall for periods of 6 hours or less. Highest wind gusts above 89km/h (storm force) or mean wind above 62km/h (gale force). Wind direction and mean windspeed shown in brackets.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Lower West
ROTTNEST ISLAND
13.8mm in 1 hr to 18:00 13.8mm/h
TASMANIA
    Southeast
MAATSUYKER ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE
15.0mm in 3 hr to 06:00 5.0mm/h

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    W Agricultural
NEPTUNE ISLAND : 98(230/ 87 ) at 14:38
    Yorke Pen/Kanga Is
CAPE WILLOUGHBY : 93(230/ 56 ) at 15:48
    Adelaide/Lofty
EDINBURGH RAAF : 83(240/ 65 ) at 18:02
MOUNT LOFTY : 85(280/ 63 ) at 14:30
HINDMARSH ISLAND AWS : 85(240/ 69 ) at 15:55
NEW SOUTH WALES
    Hunter Valley
NEWCASTLE NOBBYS SIGNAL STATION AWS : 85(310/ 72 ) at 09:41
WILLIAMTOWN RAAF : 74(300/ 63 ) at 09:00
ISLANDS
    Islands
LORD HOWE ISLAND AUTO : 96(240/ 76 ) at 21:53
LORD HOWE ISLAND AERO : 98(250/ 82 ) at 21:47